Who remembers Mervyn Jack Mills? – Harvards at the NZ Warbirds show

Brian is sharing these pictures he took in New Zeland yestarday.

 

Brian had shared a whole lot on this blog about his uncle.

ORIGINAL

His nephew does.

He sent me this message with a few pictures.

I found this an enlightening account of night flying in a Spitfire.

http://rcafdunnville.blogspot.co.nz/2013/06/jimmy-osborne.html

I live about 15 minutes away from Papakura and it used to have an Army Camp there.

Most of all I noted that he mentioned about five New Zealanders won a commission.

My Uncle Mervyn Jack Mills’ file says that his commissioned of Pilot Officer superceded that of Sergeant.

Scrolling down to Course 44 and looking at names of the New Zealanders.

I was reminded of James E Shields in the attached files.

Hope you find them interesting.

Regards, Brian Vonlanthen.

Jimmy Osborne was in Course 44 at No. 6 SFTS Dunnville with Mervyn.

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No. 2 S.F.T.S. Uplands – Course 63 – September 1 to December 18, 1942 Redux

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These names were found on this Website, and they have to be on this group picture. Four are identified.

(J/22036) Sidney Platt Seid – 418 Sqn.,

Frank E. Adams, Whitby;

Frank Alton, Lindsay;

Clarence F. Armstrong, Parry Sound;

Bruce A. Christie, Toronto;

William A. Gray, Toronto;

Donald B. McLaughlin, Toronto;

Bruce F. Beare, Port Perry;

David W. Burke, Hamilton;

Morris E. Gulliver, Leamington;

Oke Olson, Woodroffe;

Wilson N. Rivers, Ottawa;

William E. Smillie, London

29 young men.

I could only find information on Sid Seid.

Harvard 2595

Found on this Website…

2595 North American Harvard Mk.II
  NA-66 66-2328
Assigned to No. 1 Training Command in Ontario.  Classified as instructional airframe A 279 on 27 March 1943.  Later marked 279B, probably post war.
first date: 9 October 1940 last date: 27 November 1961
Taken on strength Struck off

Found on this Website…

British Pathe

Aerial shot of the buildings, runways, etc. of a RAF (Royal Air Force) training establishment in Canada. Two C/Us of trainees in the control tower. Good shots of the runway with several Fairey Battle fighter aeroplanes lined up prior to take off, squadron of airmen are marching past. C/U of a pilot seated in his aircraft. Various shots of a single engined trainer plane taking off. Pan with a Fairey Battle taking off. Aerial shot of the runways and hangars at the base.

 

Unknown Pilot – Redux

LAC Jones reminded me of Gilles Poudrette.

These pictures came from Eugène Gagnon’s collection.

Eugène Gagnon is not on them.

Only a name is written at the back…

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Gilles Poudrette (collection Eugene Gagnon via Jacques Gagnon)

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Gilles Poudrette (collection Eugene Gagnon via Jacques Gagnon)

Only a name just like Eugène Gagnon was just a name back in 2010.

Just a name… 

I wonder who is Gilles Poudrette.

I have always wonder if this is Gilles Poudrette’s headstone…

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In memory of
Leading Aircraftman

 JOSEPH GILLIES POUDRETTE

who died on October 23, 1943

Military Service:

  • Service Number: R/104609
  • Age: 21
  • Force: Air Force
  • Unit: Royal Canadian Air Force
  • Division: 432 Sqdn.

Additional Information:

Son of Mr. and Mrs. O. Poudrette, of West Sherbrooke, Province of Quebec, Canada.

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I wonder where are his war medals and how he is remembered by?

Walter Neil Dove’s Record of Service

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Walter Neil Dove documented well his war years, and his grandson has shared everything with me since September 2011. I had never realised Walter Neil Dove was an instructor at No. 2 S.F.T.S. Uplands before Greg sent me all these pictures.

I was awestruck when I saw them, and the reason is for everyone to see why…